Sunday, May 30, 2021

Magical Night in Jaipur


To complete my journey to India's golden triangle, I was lucky to visit the lost Kingdom of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan.

It's known as the Pink city since many palaces and structures are painted pink even back in the old days of its monarchy.

From Delhi, it took us five hours to reach Jaipur for a grand MDP talk about Harmonizing Power, love, and light among women at Marriott hotel.

That was a well-organized event and an inspirational talk of Master Del Pe, as he empowered women about their role in society and awakening their inherent power.

Among the cities in India, Jaipur is one of the most welcoming. The hospitality of the Rajasthani people is heartwarming. That's one thing I admire even on a short visit.

Some magical moments happen at a Rajasthani specialty restaurant. That was a cultural night showcasing their dance and music. It was fun watching cultural performances that are wonderful and graceful.

After the cultural presentation and the welcome drinks, it's time for dinner, and we entered their indoor dining area and waited for the food to be served fresh and hot. 

It was a unique ambiance with a Rajasthani backdrop and painting on dim lighting. We were seated on the floor like a typical Indian seating position. The servers carefully pour over the food on the plate for every meal course that includes dessert. 

That was good Rajasthani cuisine and a light mood until we finished our meal. Then we had our pictures taken on a backdrop that resembles the arches in the palace. 

That was a fiery hot night from the cultural presentation to the sumptuous meal. I had fun and was delighted.


Magic happens when we see something unimaginable, and Jaipur showed us their best offering.

From Delhi to Agra and Jaipur. Finally, I'd completed the golden triangle. Those were the best moments worth reminiscing. There's always a spark, and there's always magic. And it leaves a lasting impact in our hearts.

© 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Getting a Vaccine Against Covid-19


If there's one thing I would regret not doing on this pandemic, it's about not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

When thousands of people are dying every day, and millions of people are infected, I couldn't care less by non-participation in mass vaccination.

We've all been waiting for this. That finally, the world will have its solution to protect humanity against deadly diseases. Now, the world has produced highly effective vaccines that would help us achieve herd immunity. The next move is on us. 

If I don't get vaccinated, I'll have a chance of getting infected. Also, I can infect many people, including my loved ones. I may have strong immunity, but there's also a chance that I'll die if it's severe. When the people I've infected would also infect others, the cycle goes on, and more people are at risk of their health.

So getting vaccinated isn't just a choice. But it's an obligation. I don't care only about myself. I also care about my family, friends, and humanity because we're all suffering from this pandemic.

We've suffered a lot already, and our way of living had changed tremendously. Several country's economies were affected, and many companies had closed. More people lost their jobs. Individual and family income had decreased, and more people are getting mental health issues.

We've learned a lesson from this pandemic. It's a test of our resilience, tolerance, and character in times of crisis.

This pandemic should teach us to be stronger. It shouldn't lead to misunderstandings, fights, and blame games. It shouldn't destroy relationships, and it shouldn't destroy humanity.

This pandemic is about our commitment to a new start. It's time to be more health-conscious because good health is valuable. We may have neglected our health, but this time we can't afford to get sick. Hence, we have to be in excellent health.

We may never know when we'll finally remove our masks and face shields. We may also never know when we can keep closer to hug and kiss our loved ones. But, with proper health protocols and vaccination, we're on the way to reaching our goal. That finally, the day will come that everything is back to normal and that we'll no longer suffer in our daily lives.

Be brave. Be bold. Keep on fighting, and keep on living. Once this pandemic is gone, it'll be a battle we've fought so hard. We've survived, and we'll thrive.

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Pashupatinath Temple: Of Life and Death

All life comes to an end. That's a reality that most of us are scared of or in denial of the fate of human existence. In short, we'll all die. But happens when on our earthy departure? And so, one day, I was brought to a place to see the dead bodies for cremation rites on the holiest Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

My tourist guide brought me to one of the holiest Hindu temples in Kathmandu. He thought my visit wouldn't be complete without it since it's declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a highly revered place among Hindus.

It was a unique place since the temples and ashrams are on the riverside. The Bagmati River is holy among Hindus, and it's where they bring the dead bodies of their love for cremation rites.

I can't believe to had witnessed cremation rites open to the public. It was like more than five dead bodies are cremated in the first hour since I arrived.

I was on the hill portion of the riverside, where other locals also came to witness. You can see the greyish-white smoke emitted from the dead bodies as it's burned. You can imagine smoky air on the cremation area from afar. I felt uncomfortable at first, but I have to respect and learn from their religious beliefs.


Hindus believe that our physical body is irrelevant as we die, so they cremate it instead of burying it. In Pashupatinath, families bring the dead body of their loved ones. It's to perform the last rites before they bid farewell to their dearly departed.

As the dead body arrives on the Bagmati riverside, they wash their feet with water from the river. They sprinkle some rice and shower some marigold on the face before it gets burned. Then the ashes are scattered in the river. The family members would also walk three times in a clockwise direction around a wooden funeral pyre before placing the dead body on top.

That was an unforgettable experience back in 2013. Suddenly, it flashed back when I watched on television the mass cremation rites in open grounds in New Delhi. This time, families cremate their loved ones who died due to Covid-19.


Pashupatinath temple is a holy site in honor of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in Hinduism.
When I stepped out of the Pashupatinath complex, I had mixed emotions. The place and the cremation rites may not be for the fain-hearted, but I survived.

I may not have enjoyed much my visit to Pashupatinath, but I'm glad for the learnings. It was like reliving a lesson from my world history class. 

One thing I've learned is that when we die, our families will be there until the end to care for us. Our physical bodies may have vanished, but great memories remain in their hearts. Like Hindus, we may believe in the concept of karma and reincarnation. That may be, we don't only live once, but we're just waiting on our rebirth when our time comes to an end.

©️2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mother's Day Special: Endless Love

What happens when we're no longer on our Mother's side? What happens when we have separate lives away from her Motherly touch and care?

Now that we're grown up to live a challenging life, our Mothers will always be there to check on us and make us feel loved and cared for from a distance.

Mother's Loving instinct is always right. She will check on our well-being, our whereabouts our achievements. That makes us proud and feel uplifted whenever we fight our challenging battles. 

Mothers are known to be superwomen. They can sense struggles and can heal our emotions to keep us whole. They have the power to communicate with us when we're at a crossroads and don't know what to do. A telepathic Mother who'll guide us wherever we are and whatever we do. Just call her name, and she'll surely be there to rescue you.


Mothers know best, and that is true. There are times when we think we are on the right track, but she'll be there to redirect us, and so we'll find our direction. The path she knows is safer and for our good.

Mothers are great fighters. They will sacrifice everything to raise us well. And so we can stand on our own. They fight hidden struggles unknown to us, and they were victorious.

Today, as we celebrate Mother's day, we also think about all the Mothers in our lives. To our sisters who are great Mothers to their kids and families. To our relatives and friends who are Mothers who never give up and continue doing their Motherly roles.

Mother's Day special is about showing our gratitude and endless love to our Mother. She's the greatest love of our life, and her Endless presence will always be our guiding light.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay